Our Home | 6 Months Update

This year I really want to develop our home and also document it, as for the two of us this is such an achievement and something we are both very proud of.

Over the last 6 months I have been documenting our journey via our home Instagram account @thehomeedition_ but I want it to be more of a feature on here too!

We have been living in our house for just over 6 months, so thought it was the perfect time to start on our first update. It feels like we have done a lot with the house, however it has slowed down around the end of last year as we had my Colin’s birthday and Christmas, we both just wanted to enjoy the house around that time. We have got to the point where we are very comfortable and enjoying how everything looks and finalising any plans we have.

Obviously, we got all the essentials done such as furniture and making the house look nice, but I definitely want to make more progress this year which includes the garden! A little background on the house, we brought a new build which we purchased September 2019, we were so lucky that we had a complete blank canvas. So here is what we have done so far in 6 months….

LIVING ROOM

Out of all the rooms in the house, this one is the biggest and the one we wanted to complete first (there is still a lot we want to do with this room over this year) When it came to deciding on a colour scheme or theme for this room, I took into consideration the gorgeous french doors that open out into the garden which brings in a lot of light, I really wanted to make the most it, turns out, Colin and I had a very similar opinions when it came to decor and colours. We actually found the furniture we wanted and then worked the colours around that.

For the living room, we have gone for a industrial look with dark wood and black detailing on the main furniture. With this I had the opportunity to soften all this down, with textures, pinks and greys. Simple touches that have been completed has been blanket basket, our plant & rug. There is still a lot more touches that are in the pipeline!!

The plan for this year; is to paint the walls a light grey, a coffee table, prints to go up on the wall. I do want to keep this room was light and airy as possible.

KITCHEN

This room hasn’t changed much since we moved in, we were so lucky to have good cupboard space, nice worktops and a place for us both to cook, bake and clean! Colin has mentioned that we wants to add some sort of shelving or corner cabinet on the wall to create extra space as we do have a lot on the worktops.

The plan for this year: is to paint the walls a very pale creamy pink, shelving. I would love to tile around the worktops but this is something that is more of a long term goal.

BATHROOMS

I have found the bathrooms more difficult to decided what to do, so to keep it simple for now all three have the same base theme.

The downstairs bathroom is our smallest and is the place I would love to paint a really dark rich colour, Colin is also on board with this!! The main bathroom has our bath, I am hoping to get some chunky shelves on the wall above the bath & add in some more prints but also some greeny in plants.

Finally, our ensuite. I feel this bathroom is one that is pretty much there, all we need to add is shelving in the shower and we will be there for this room!

BEDROOMS

Our bedroom, one of our first purchases we made for the house was the gorgeous bed and the colour of the bed has really made the decision for us for a colour scheme.

We are waiting on the delivery of our wardrobes we have gone for the Ikea PAX wardrobes, once these have arrived we will finalise our bedside tables and start the soft touches as well as finish painting the walls again a light grey.

The plan for this year; we have a big cupboard space in our bedroom which we want to make into a storage cupboard however we aren’t too sure how to maximise the space.

Our second bedroom

I have a vision for this room. This rooms gets most of the sun through the day and feels so airy, to keep with this, I am thinking of adding dusty pinks, natural woods and white furniture.

The plan is to add a day bed, an office/beauty space for me which can be used as an extra living room but can also be turned into a guest room when people stay.

Overall, I am so proud of the home we have built together in the last 6 months and incredibly excited to see what we do over the next 6 months and this year!

I am always looking for inspiration for renovating and make a new build more into a home, so if you have any Instagram accounts, blogs, videos I would like, please to let me know.

Much Love Alice xx

Finding a New ‘Normal’

Hello lovlies,

I hope you are all well and keeping safe in this very strange time. Over the last couple of days I have really been pouring everything into my Instagram and blog (have a lot scheduled that will be going up over the next few weeks so make sure you are following). I created this space as an escape from the real world and it was/still is my happy place. With all the darkness and strange times we are all experiencing, I thought it only made sense to go back to the little things.

Everyone is trying to find their ‘normal’ in this very strange world, for most of us our day to day routines can’t happen and that can be really tough.

For me, I knew that a good routine would keep me mentally on the right path and not go insane. Plus it is the perfect time to get them new habits in!!

ROUNTINE

I wanted to share with you a few little things in my routine that make such a big difference not only in my mood but also helps me to keep productive too.

Sleep! Over the last few months I have really struggled with my sleep, every time the alarm clock went off, I was hitting snooze one/two times. Within the last couple of weeks I haven’t been setting an alarm, I have been falling asleep and waking up naturally and honestly it has made such a difference, I don’t struggle as much to get up in the morning and I also have more energy throughout the day.

Working Out! We always hear how much exercising helps mentally and physically. I can honestly tell you that this has helped me so much, even if I end up watching Netflix all day, i feel like I have achieved something.

By achieving something in the morning it really does help set you up for the day, and lets be honest there is more then enough opportunity for a 25 minute workout!

One last thing in my routine that is a god send, showering and getting dressed. It doesn’t matter if you’re putting clean pjs on or a gorgeous outfit, that fact you have done this just makes me feel really for the day. It bring that little bit of normality back into my day.

ACHIEVE SOMETHING

How many times have you said you wanted to; read that book, bake, learn a new skill or develop a currant skill, watch that TV show. This has been me for as long as I can remember, but each day I have been setting myself a little task. This can be something small or big. By achieving one or two task each day will give you a sense of achievement but also keep your mind healthy and active.

For me I have been baking lots, reading and also have managed to achieve some bigger task like painting ceilings. I have so grateful that I have jobs around the house to keep occupied with.

The most important thing that has really helped me, is not to put too much pressure on myself. If I want to just do nothing all day and binge watch TV show then I will but on the other hand if I want to be super active then that is okay as well.

This time we have all been given is of course a great opportunity to get them tasks ticked of the never-ending list but it also gives us the time to strengthen relationships and gives us all the ability for self growth.

Setting a few objectives for myself each day has been the best thing I have done. Its has really helped me keep going and not get too overwhelmed with what a very strange time it is.

I would love to know what you have been doing? Have you got a small routine? What are you reading, baking? I would love to know!!

Much love Alice xx

Cosy Sunday | Winter Edition

There is something so magical about a Sunday morning specially on a cold crips morning. Watching the sun rise through the mist over the countryside on a winters day while you are all cosy in bed in the warmth, is a feeling that makes me feel so warm inside which i absolutely love.

One thing i have really loved since we moved into our house, are Sundays. With a change of jobs also meaning I don’t work Sunday so that Sunday feeling is defiantly back. Sundays for the two of us is that one chilled day we can be with each other, after a busy week for the both of us.

Today, was no different, after a very lazy and slow morning. We headed out with the dog for a wander around our local woods. There is nothing better then fresh air even if it is pouring down with rain.

After we call dried off, it was a sleepy evening in front of the telly for all four of us.

Laziness is an unwritten rule for a Sunday

Much love
Alice
xx

To My Cheerleaders

People always say that you learn who your true friends are during a big success or a massive failure. This is something I never quite believed or thought was true. Surely the friends you make in your life are really there to stay, surely they are the ones that will be around forever, the ones you share birthdays with, the tears of heartbreak with and the Sundays filled with bottomless brunch.

But what happens when you get that promotion that you have been working so hard to get, the same promotion that your friends pushed you towards and gave you that confidence to go for it. Are your friends still as happy for you?

Or when you need your friends, when you feel like your world is falling apart who is really there when you truly need them?

I am that friend that cares about everyone else and wants to see others be happy and succeed in their life before myself and I have always thought that I surround myself with the same type of people.

However something that I have learned so much in the last year, you really don’t know who is there for you until something major happens in your life. The friends you lose contact with are something the ones that never stop caring for you, the ones you had that massive falling out with are the ones that are always there to listen.

The ones you thought were always going to be in your life suddenly start to disappear in your life. Don’t get me wrong this doesn’t happen to every single one of your friends, but you really do start to learn who is really there for you, the ones who are your cheerleader in life.

Over the last coupe of months, I have found my cheerleaders in life and honestly I am so thankful and happy that they are! They been the world to me and I can honestly say I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them. When shit happens you really do learn who loves you no matter what and that is a life lesson in itself.

To my cheerleaders in my life….I love you

Much love 
Alice xx

Taking A Few Moments

There is something very therapeutic about taking a few moments in the morning to put your make up on. That is exactly what I did this morning, I had also picked up a few new make up items from feelunique.com, so was really going to take the most of this moment.

There is something about new products and having that ‘moment’ that is just truly lovely, I feel like it really does set me up for the day. Taking that moment in the morning really does put me in that happy positive, fresh mind set to tackle the day.

I think it is so important to have as many ‘little moments’ in your day, just to get your thoughts together and really reflect and slow down. Our worlds are so manic, so fast paces that we can end up ( I know I do ) just about getting through the day.

Do you have any ‘little moments’ in your day? Do you think you will add a few more into your day?

Products that I used this morning!
Smashbox Primer – New from feelunique.com
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation
Clarins Instant Concealer
Anastasia Brow Wiz – New from feelunique.com
Laura Mercier Loose Powder
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Nars Laguna Bronzer
Benefit Dandelion Blusher
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat
Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick
Urban Decay All Nighter – New from feelunique.com

Much Love 
Alice
xx

Night Time Routine

My night time routine is something I don’t appreciate, and honestly is the most rush part of my day. As after a long day, a full routine before bed is something I tend to skim over as quickly as possible. However when I do take an extra few seconds to enjoy and take care of the wind down I really do appreciate it in the long run.

The first thing I love to do when I get in from a long day, that can either be from work or just a day full of errens. I love to get my comfiest, whether that may be a new pj set or leggings and a t-shirt and get the kettle on. I am currently having an herbal tea obsession, so I like to raid my jar to find a tea and have a cuppa.

At this point of the evening, I tend to catchup with anything outstanding, that needs doing from that day, whether it be finishing a blog post, or work bits. I like to get anything sorted before I sit down to eat as i feel like I still have my whole evening to chill and work is done for the day.

Once food has been eaten the world is good again. For me once I have eaten I do tend to unwind a little. I take this opportunity to take my face off from the day. I do (99%) of the time a full skin care routine including some of my favourites; Elemis Superfood Range, including a two of their new launches. There is something very relaxing about taking your make up off and having that feeling of removing the day.

Pure bliss…

As my evening comes to a close, I tend to get into bed (with another herbal tea) and reach for a book. This reading marlerky is a new one for me, I am currently reading Becoming by Laura Jane Williams and I am loving it. I love curling up into bed, diving into a good book, this will be something that I will try and keep consent in my evening routine.

Once my evening draws to a close and I can fell myself drifting off, I will put my book over on the side table and make sure all my lights are turned off. I love to have a peaceful dark room, when Bedtime_Blissuk got in contact with me asking if I wanted to try one of sleep mask, I jumped at the opportunity. I have always struggled with finding a good sleep mask that fits comfortable and actually does the job. The one from Bedtime_Blissuk does all this and fits perfect for eyelash extensions too!! I would recommend this sleep mask to anyone and everyone, its also perfect for travel.

I really want to start to get into a good bedtime routine, I feel like it sets you up for the next day and its a little bit of ‘me time’ at the end of a very busy day!

Much Love xx

Everyday Makeup Look

There is nothing worse then your alarm going off at 6am. The day has begin, the rush to get yourself out of the door and on your way to work, the last thing I want to do is be sitting at the dressing table contouring and highlighting my face to oblivion.

For me, quick easy make up is the only way to get through the morning, using products that are breeze to use. I wanted to share with you a few make up bits and what I like use, all these products are for me now staple products that I have re-purchases time and time again.

I need make up that is going to last 12hours plus and is going to look amazing at 9am but also by the time I have finished, I live for a flawless staying power.

In the morning I spend about 10 minutes doing my full face, the products I use and love are:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Beauty Flash
  • Clarins Everlasting Foundation in Shade 105
  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
  • Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Cannelle
  • Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift in Brooke S
  • Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows in Linda
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent
  • Soap & Glory Solar Powder in Bronzo
  • Nars Blush in Orgasm
  • Hourglass Lighting Palette Ambient
  • Rimmel London Glam Eyes Liquard Liner in 001 Black
  • Clarins Mascara Supra Volume in 01 Black
  • Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pink Venus
  • Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Pillow Talk
  • Estee Lauder Pure Colour Gloss in 25 Praline Paradise

I love a bronzed fresh face look for my everyday ‘work’ look, I will now and again mix my lipstick colour up but 99% of the time this is my go too make up look. I love the finish and also how quick and easy it is to do in the early hours in the morning.

Much love

Alice xx

My Winter Skin Care

The weather has been truly cold and miserable over the last month, the joys of January! The skin is fighting a consent battle with keeping its-self hydrated, radiance and plump with the daily actions and environments that we do without thinking and my skin has defiantly suffered with the cold and central heating and needed a kick start after Christmas.

I have always been good with my skin care and is something I really do enjoy and have a passion for. I love to try new products but have a bad habit of not finishing products!

For cleansing I love a good foaming cleanser that will remove my everyday make up and also leave my skin feel clean but also hydrated, I have been using a combination of Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser and Clarins Water Purify One – Step Water Cleanser for my double cleanse. By the time I get to toning (Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner) there is not a single trace of makeup left on that cotton wool pad which makes me so happy!

For hydrating I have been using two products that I got in the Glossy Box Christmas Advent Calendar, first is an facial oil Mitchell and Peach Radiance Facial Oil. This facial oil is going to work faster and quicker in the skin, great for that added hydration. On top of this I layer with a Nip & Fab Dragon’s Blood Fox Plumping Serum, layering oils and serums under your moisturiser is going to give the skin that added extra that in colder months it really does need.

In the morning I will finish of with my travel size Charlotte Tibury Magic Cream, at the moment I am enjoying this however I am not too sure whether I would purchase it in full size.

My skin is loving the added attention and I can already see such a different in how my skin looks and feel plus my make up applies so lovely, which is always an added bonus. A good skin care routine is by far one of the most important things you can do for you skin and also you.

Much Love

Alice xx

Travel Edit | Edinburgh

Stepping off of the tram to the sound of bagpipes, we are here, we are in Edinburgh…

Visiting Scotland has been on my list for a very long time now, and with one of my friends turning 21, celebrating in Edinburgh was the idea situation.

We stayed in a gorgeous hotel right in the middle of the city centre, The Principal on George Street, its the perfect location for anyone whether you are a first timer like we were or not. As soon as you step into The Principal there is a sense of calm, the perfect step out of a very busy city. The interior of the hotel is stunning in itself, it has a lovely cosy feel to it, perfect for getting in from the cold. The food is also incredible and the cocktails are on another level completely!!!!

We had a few places that we wanted to visit and if its your first time in Edinburgh I would highly recommend Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh Castle is gorgeous, if you are able to, I would recommend walking through Princes Street Gardens up to the castle. It is a steep walk up the hill but the views you see all the way up is stunning, perfect to do with a clear blue sky.

The castle itself wasn’t a let down at £18.50 per person to enter there is definitely lot to see and visit, we spend a good couple of hours wandering but you could spend a good half a day. We also noticed there was a few action talks going on, not too sure whether this is an all year around thing or not!!

After the castle I would highly recommend waking down Royal Mile, this is a mile long road with shops, cafes and pubs. The architecture on this road was incredible, there is so much to see. I think this throughout the city.

If you are looking for something to do for an afternoon, I would pay a visit to Edinburgh Zoo or National Museums Scotland. The Zoo is a must do just to see the Pandas as these are the only Pandas in Europe, there is something very magical about seeing them. The zoo is up a steep hill throughout so do bare this in mind.

Food wise you will not be disappointment, there are some gorgeous places to eat and drink. That will happily suit everyone and anyone. A few places we visited for dinner Contini ( the perfect Italian) and The Refinery (a quirky bar with good burgers and cocktails)

Edinburgh is a gorgeous city, there is something very eery about the place. You can tell the city is steeped in history, I will be back and already planning another trip. If you haven’t been, go, you will not be disappointment.

Much Love

Alice xx